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Ink in the Lines

Tattoos in the Australian military

1 November 2023 - 11 February 2024

Tattoos are a conversation starter.


Many members and veterans of the Australian Defence Forces have tattoos, and while their reasons for getting tattooed are as varied as the people themselves, self expression and belonging play a part. 


They also share a common purpose in getting inked: to remember.


Inscribed on skin are their identities as veterans, the commemoration of loss, experiences of trauma and overcoming adversity, the bonds of family and friends, and acknowledging the experiences that make us who we are.


Hear the stories behind the tattoos in the Ink in the Lines exhibition; showcasing Australia’s modern veterans and their families, who through their tattoos commemorate the people, events and experiences which shaped their lives.



Download the exhibition booklet


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